Kenilworth pair say thank you after honours

Professor Gwyneth Stallard
Professor Gwyneth Stallard

A leading maths professor and community fundraiser are both celebrating a lifetime of success after being named in the New Years’ Honours list.

Professor Gwyneth Stallard of Leek Wootton was made an OBE for services to higher education. And Kenilworth Parcelforce worker, Douglas Faulconbridge was awarded a British Empire Medal for his services to Royal Mail and the community.

Douglas Faulconbridge

Douglas Faulconbridge

The pair will receive their medals later this year. And as they take in the humbling new, have both thanked those around them for helping to make it all possible.

Professor Stallard is a professor of pure mathematics at the Open University and as well as being a respected and acclaimed academic,has spent many years working to increasing the number of women in mathematics.

Speaking about the honour at being made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, she said: “I am very touched to have received this award and grateful for the support of so many people in the work which has led to it.”

She described it as a “privilege”to chair the London Mathematical Society’s Women in mathematics committee where she has been working to rise the seven per cent of female mathematics professors, stating: “It has been incredibly satisfying to see the work of the committee rapidly developing and coming to fruition.”

Professor Stallard is Whitehead Prizewinner (2000) of the London Mathematical Society, and featured in the 2003 Faces of Mathematics exhibition.

She has been chair of the LMS Women in Mathematics Committee since 2006, leading many initiatives to advance the careers of women mathematicians and retain them in the profession.

Over in Kenilworth, dedicated fundraiser, Douglas has helped raise thousands of pounds for charities after undertaking gruelling challenges to do his bit each year.

As well as supporting the annual Royal Mail charity partner, Douglas’ aims have taken on a personal note after being diagnosed with lymphatic cancer in 2010.

He has since turned his attention to the Turn Britain Purple Lymphatic Cancer Awareness week - raising £2,253 in his first charity bid.

Speaking about the honour of being named for the award, Douglas said: “To be nominated and receive the British Empire Medal is just incredible.

“To be honest, I still cannot believe it. I always thought that an honour such as this is out of reach for an ordinary person and I feel extremely privileged to be recognised in this way.

“I am looking forward to receiving the actual medal – so many of my friends and colleagues are looking forward to seeing it. All the things that I have achieved have only happened because of the support of those friends who always humour my often crazy ideas.”

Douglas, who works at Parcelforce in Coventry, volunteers with Cubs and Scouts, being assistant district commissioner for the district.

The pair join two others in the district named on the list.